1. She is, first and foremost, goddamn great at her job.
She manages to shoot a hit man holding an assault rifle twice in a blizzard.
The first thing she thinks about when she wakes up in the hospital after getting shot in the spleen is that she had the bad guy.
She's so good that her boss calls her "a peach" behind her back.
She's not afraid to get physical.
2. She's just invested in her own quiet competence.
This is how she smiles when Vern tells her she'll be chief one day:
This is how she smiles when she's telling Vern she's got a good lead and she's going to check it out.
And this is how she frowns when Vern tells her he'll check it out; she should call it a day.
3. Although she will shoot you if you point a gun at her, she's generally pretty polite to malefactors.
4. She imagines possibilities for her life that don't include a traditional, "feminine" path. When her dad tells her she's going to get married and have kids:
5. She is goddamn better than the men around her and she is not afraid to show it on her face.
Bill tells her that Lester can't be a murderer because Lester fainted in Mrs. Knudsen's class when they had to dissect a mouse. Molly:
When she and Bill go to interview him about why he was talking about Sam Hess the day he was murdered, Lester says the witness must have overheard him saying, "my face is a mess."
Bill says he won't throw up at a crime scene with a dead body, "so long as I don't look."
6. Molly looks out for her fellow ladies.
Bill tells her Ida kicked him and the other officers out of her hospital room because they were being too loud.
And, before she offers to stay the night with Ida at the hospital, she has the only appropriate reaction to a newborn child.
7. She's constantly fighting patriarchal bullshit.
Bill introduces her in a professional capacity as "Molly" and she is not having it.
That's DEPUTY to you, everyone.